I don’t post pictures of my kiddos very often. There isn’t a huge reason for that. I suppose it is mostly because I am doing the posting, not them. I don’t want them to feel like I am violating their privacy. Considering they are 12 and 6, it might not seem like they care (and they don’t yet) but it’s a small courtesy I can extend to them as their loving mother.
With this in mind, my Little One, Lily gave me permission to post her in her new dress.
A few weeks ago, we visited the fabric store together, Little One, Big One and I. We were looking for fabric to repair Big One’s favorite tank top, and of course anything else that appealed to us. I found some fabric to make a shirt for me, and Little One fell in love with a dress made by the store owner. It was a cross front dress, about knee length, made of tee shirt fabric covered in photos of white kittens in the grass and trimmed in orange. They didn’t have a pattern, but they had everything else. Instead of picking the exact fabric, she picked this tiger covered fabric with hot pink trim. In the store, the combination looked hideous, but on the dress it’s not quite as overwhelming. It didn’t really matter what I thought, it was her dress and she knew what she wanted.
I made the pattern without much expertise. Seriously, I have no idea what I am doing 90% of the time when I sew, but it tends to look fine even without my technical knowledge. I must sew with more luck than skill. I took a comfortable tee shirt of hers, and laid it out on some big paper, traced and cut to give the cross front look, and extended it longer. I kind of wish I had flared the skirt out a little more to give her room, but it also turned out longer than intended. Big One instantly told my Okinawa born Little One it was obviously a Kimono since she is Japanese. I told her she was now officially my little TigerLily, but I don’t think she got the Peter Pan reference. Little One settled the argument by telling us both she was happy with her new dress and that was all that mattered.